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Dialogue in focus of European festival of Jewish culture

Maribor/Lendava, 5 September - Six Slovenian towns have joined the 2021 European Days of Jewish Heritage, a festival focusing on the diversity of Jewish heritage and its historical role which is this year held in 36 countries.

Halle, Germany
David star on the synagogue in Germany's Halle.
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"Inter-cultural dialogue, the oldest and most fundamental manner of democratic talk, is an antidote to rejection and violence," said the Maribor Synagogue, the Center of Jewish Cultural Hertiage, the national coordinator of the project in Slovenia.

The synagogue opened the door to visitors today to open a visiting exhibition from the National Library of Israel termed Dialogue.

In the evening, it will host a talk in Jewish Square with author Branko Šömen about his 2020 novel about Nazi camp Auschwitz Tišina za Oči (Silence for the Eyes).

Several events will take place in Lednava; the Lendava Synagogue organised a walk along the town's Jewish past today and a klezmar music concert, while an exhibition of books about Jewish culture will open at the local library in the coming days.

A photo exhibition about the largest-ever Slovenian pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1910 will open at the castle in Negova, while the Pomurje Museum in Murska Sobota will put up an exhibition on synagogue architect Lipot Baumhorn (1860-1932), a Hungarian Jew.

The Mini Teater in Ljubljana will join in on Wednesday with a screening of documentary Saul and Ruby's Holocaust Survival Bend and the opening of the 7th Tolerance House festival. Several events will follow on Thursday, including two exhibitions and new Stolpersteine, granite cubes bearing the names of Holocauts victims, being installed.

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